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The Grenfell Tower fire is bringing stressful past life events flooding back to people, and those not directly affected by the tragedy should not feel ashamed to seek help. Emma Kennedy, manager of the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL's) Grenfell outreach team, said she suspected there was…
Virtual reality is being used to reach traumatised families struggling a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in what is believed to be a UK first. Outreach workers at the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL) have been standing amid the market stalls of Portobello Road with VR…
A new kind of prescription is being employed by one group of GP practices in Swansea and it's proving popular with local residents. The Cwmtawe cluster of GP surgeries is one of the first in Wales to have a social prescribing worker who can ‘prescribe’ social help as well as…
More than a million GP patients have been forced to search for a new family doctor after their surgery closed or merged during the last five years, a new report suggests. There has been a rising number of patients displaced as GP practices have been forced to close their doors,…
GPs have been forced to reject patients for routine appointments as pressure on practices means they can only accept urgent consultations. According to a new survey of 769 GPs, nearly 17% said they had to turn down patients attempting to see a GP for a routine matter. Some GPs have…
Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhile, there should be a national public campaign highlighting the issue which affects millions of Britons, according to the Royal College of…
Promises to bring more patient care closer to home by prioritising NHS community services have fallen flat, a report has claimed. National strategies under successive governments have concluded that the NHS must do more to help people stay well in their own homes - avoiding the need for hospital treatment…
The Royal Voluntary Service is pledging to increase support in the NHS as it celebrates its 80th anniversary. The organisation was founded in 1938 as the Women's Voluntary Service, to help recruit women into the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) movement and help civilians during and after air raids. The RVS…
The Department of Health has released details of a series of important initiatives being funded under the £100m Health and Social Care transformation fund in Northern Ireland. The planned package of investments for 2018/19 includes £15m for enhancing primary care – care which is largely provided from GP practices. This…
England will become the "world leader" in mental health care for mothers and babies, a leading psychiatrist said, as the NHS announced a multimillion-pound boost for support services. Pregnant women and those with newborns will be able to access specialist community mental health support in every part of the country…
Providing young psychiatric patients with community treatment makes them less likely to self-harm, a study has suggested. Intensive community care for adolescents with severe mental health disorders not only brought down the usage of inpatient beds, but reduced the likelihood of multiple episodes of self-harm by 82%. Researchers from South…
Four out of five young mothers feel lonely after having a baby and meet their friends less often, a new study shows. Research by the Co-op found that many mothers under the age of 30 feel too tired to go out, or simply want to stay with their baby. Almost…
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